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academic administrator , educator , historian

Paul R. Spickard, American historian, educator, academic administrator. Recipient prize, Charles Warren Center, Harvard University, 1972, award, National Endowment of the Humanities, 1990; McCormack fellow, University California, 1978-1980, Fulbright-Hays China fellow, 1987, National Endowment of the Humanities fellow, 1993, grant, Pew Trust Research, 1987, American Council Learned Societies, 1990.


Spickard, Paul R. was born on June 20, 1950 in Seattle, Washington, United States. Son of Donald Elliot and Mary Alice (Adkins) Spickard.


Student, University Washington, 1970—1971. Student, Gordon-Conwell Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts, 1973. AB, Harvard University, 1973.

Master of Arts, University California, Berkeley, 1976. Doctor of Philosophy, University California, 1983.


His work was formative in rearticulating and moving beyond a black-white paradigm of race and mixed-race relations in the U.S. He served as the Director of Research at the Institute for Polynesian Studies in Honolulu as well as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at BYU-Hawaii. In 2013, Spickard was named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians. In 2011, Spickard co-founded the Journal for Critical Mixed Race Studies.

He currently teaches as a professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is also an affiliate faculty in Asian American Studies and Religious Studies.


  • In 2011, Spickard was awarded The Loving Prize at the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival for his groundbreaking research on mixed racial and cultural experiences. He has also been named a Fulbright Research Professor and Rockefeller Foundation Residential Fellow. In 2013, he received the Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award from the American Studies Association and has received over a dozen teaching awards at UCSB.



The Bible is the only authoritative source of God's truth and any view that cannot be directly tied to a scriptural reference is generally considered to be based on human traditions rather than God's leading.


All Christians, and particularly those in leadership positions, should prayerfully seek God’s mind and will and strongly to consider the potential problems of politicizing the church and the pulpit before endorsing candidates.


In a society where self-interest and hypocrisy are often seen as dominating, the Christians should nurture and promote values and purposes that are beyond us.


Trustee Sunrise Preschool, San Francisco, 1979—1981. Chairman Sunset Chinese Baptist Church, San Francisco, 1980—1981. Member of Association Asian Scholars, Immigration History Society, Asian American Studies Association, Conference Faith & History, American History Association, Organization American Historians.


  • Other Interests

    Basketball, running, backpacking.


Married Rowena Fong Spickard, June 9, 1974. Children: Naomi, Daniel.

Donald Elliot Spickard

Mary Alice (Adkins) Spickard

Rowena Fong Spickard

Naomi Spickard

Daniel Spickard